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Top 20 Legendary Actors in Indian Cinema (Bollywood)

Top 20 Legendary Actors in Indian Cinema (Bollywood)

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Top 20 Legendary Actors in Indian Cinema (Bollywood)

India’s film industry, presently known as Bollywood, has been running for more than a century now. During this period, several aspiring theatre artists, young and old, have made a successful career, also, winning the hearts of many audiences, even across India.

What’s with the Name “Bollywood”?

When Indian cinema made its beginning in the country during the late 1890s, television wasn’t even a thing. So, people would watch films on a portable projector called “Bioscope” (a camera that showed silent motion pictures in black and white print and later in colour). There were also theatres where people would go to watch the drama and plays that were performed by the actors and actresses, and which continues to this day in the form of performing arts.

Today, the Indian cinema is popularly known as the Bollywood film industry and is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra, the financial capital of India. The name was supposedly inspired by Hollywood, a well-known western film industry based in Los Angeles, USA.

The Indian cinema isn’t just limited to making movies in Hindi language. There are, in fact, several regional language films as well, a few of which include Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Assamese etc. The Indian film industry has thus, evolved into establishing various regional mainstream cinema industries. For example, there is Tollywood (Bengali & Telugu cinema), Kollywood (Tamil cinema), Pollywood (Punjabi cinema), Mollywood (Malayalam cinema), and many more.

Here, we’re going to share with you some of the top legends of Indian cinema who have made a great impact in the hearts of the audience through their acting performance and entertainment in TV films.

20 Distinguished Actors of India’s Bollywood Film Industry that are Everyone’s Favourite of All Time!

Here (listed in alphabetical order) are the top twenty legendary actors and actresses in India cinema who have gained a lot of popularity through their films and performance over the years. Some of these iconic celebrities continue to shine even to this day.

Note: The following is based on popularity, however, due to the limited scope of this article the list is exhaustive. Though we are also going to make a few additional mentions here.

1. Aamir Khan

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Years in Cinema: 1973 and present.

Roleplay: Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) as a child artist.

Notable Films: Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), Raakh (1989), Dil (1990), Raja Hindustani (1996), Earth (1999), Sarfarosh (1999), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Lagan (2001), 3 Idiots (2009), and more.

Aamir Khan is among the popular and legendary film actors in Indian cinema. He began his film career as a child actor in the film “Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973)”, and later, worked in several more Hindi-language films, many of which gained positive response from the audience and fans.

The actor and film producer-director received one AACTA Award, four National Film Awards and nine Filmfare Awards for his work in Bollywood films. Additionally, he was honoured with awards, the Padma Shri in 2003 and Padma Bhushan in 2010 by the Government of India.

He is often given the title of “Mr. Perfectionist” for his dedication to acting and in making films. With his success in both the Indian and Chinese film markets, Aamir Khan has shouldered his way into becoming one of the world’s biggest superstars.

2. Ajay Devgan

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Years in Cinema: 1991 and present.

Roleplay: Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Phool Aur Kaante (1991)

Notable Films: Jigar (1992), Dilwale (1994), Major Saab (1998), Zakhm (1998), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Tango Charlie (2005), Singham (2011), and more.

Ajay Devgan is a popular and legendary actor in India cinema. He has played lead roles in many of his Hindi-language films, whilst a few with supporting roles.

He has also received several awards and recognition for his work, including two National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards and the Padma Shri, which is India’s fourth-highest civilian honour given by the Government of India.

Ajay Devgan is married to actress Kajol, but it is unsure if their children have stepped in the India cinema.

3. Ajit

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Years in Cinema: 1945 – 1995

Roleplay: Lead Role, Negative Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Kurukshetra (1945)

Notable Films: Beqasoor (1950), Nastik (1953), Awara Badal (1964), Shareef Budmaash (1973), Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Zanzeer (1973), Kalicharan (1976), and more.

Known by his stage name, Ajit was one of the top legendary actors (who mainly played as villain) of Indian cinema during the 1960s and until his passing in 1998.

Although Ajit Khan, who’s real name was Hamid Ali Khan, entered into acting in the 1940s, he had to struggle a lot. He managed to get lead roles during the first decade of his film career, however, luck wasn’t always on his side. So, he had to take up second-lead roles and supporting roles in order to make ends meet.

However, all this changed when he started getting signed for negative lead roles in Bollywood films in 1960s and onwards. The audiences and his fans remember him for his popular dialogues, like “Mona darling”, “Robert”, “Very Smart”, and other styles of dialogue delivery in his films.

4. Amitabh Bachchan

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Years in Cinema: 1969 and present.

Roleplay: Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Bhuvan Shome (1969) as a voice narrator.

Notable Films: Anand (1971), Zanjeer (1973), Deewaar (1975), Sholay (1975), Mr. Natwarlal (1979), Shahenshah (1988), and more.

Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most popular actors and a legend of Bollywood. He often needs no introduction because everyone in the country knows him, also for his white French beard.

He’s also known for his unique voice and dialogue delivery that has gained him masses of fans worldwide. The actor’s father was a poet and mother a social activist. He has won four National Film Awards, sixteen Filmfare Awards and also honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan Awards by the Government of India. His wife, Jaya Bachchan and son, Abhishek Bachchan also work in Bollywood films.

He also appeared in the Hollywood film ‘The Great Gatsby (2013)’ playing as Meyer Wolfsheim, a Jewish character. In addition to his career in Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan also hosts a popular TV show called ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, which is a quiz show and participants win cash prize for each correct answer, which is incremented up to Rs. 1 crore (US $10 Million).

5. Amjad Khan

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Years in Cinema: 1951 – 1992

Roleplay: Negative Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Nazneen (1951) as a child actor.

Notable Films: Sholay (1975), Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), Dada (1979), Qurbani (1980), Laawaris (1981), Yaarana (1981), Love Story (1981), and more.

Bollywood actor Amjad Khan is remembered by many audiences and fans for his role as ‘Gabbar Singh’, a leader of dacoits, in the film ‘Sholay (1975)’. The film not only became a huge success, it also made the actor a legend in India cinema. His dialogues “Kitne aadmi the?”, “Jo darr gaya, samjho marr gaya”, “Yeh haath hum ko dede thakur!”, “Tera kya hoga kaalia?”, and lots more from the film are still fancied by hundreds and thousands of fans.

Although his roles in Bollywood films were mostly negative ones (as a villain), people loved his performance throughout his career and until his passing in the year 1992. The actor won one BFJA Award and three Filmfare Awards.

Amjad Khan’s father Zakaria Khan was also an actor and known by his stage name Jayant. His younger brother, Imtiaz Khan is also a film actor.

6. Amrish Puri

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Years in Cinema: 1967 – 2005

Roleplay: Negative Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Prem Pujari (1970)

Notable Films: Hum Paanch (1980), Vidhaata (1982), Hero (1983), Meri Jung (1985), Mr. India (1987), Tridev (1989), Ghayal (1990), and more.

Another legendary film actor (and successful villain) in Bollywood films was Amrish Puri. The audience and his fans known him for one of his popular dialogues, “Mogambo khush hua… hahaha…”, and many other iconic dialogues throughout his forty years of film career in Indian cinema.

Despite having played negative lead roles, he also acted in supporting roles in various Bollywood’s top-grossing films, such as ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)’, Pardes (1997), China Gate (1998) and more. Amrish Puri won three Filmfare Awards, two Screen Awards and several awards more. His elder brother Madan Puri was also a popular film actor, who mainly played villainous roles and a few supporting roles.

Actor Amrish Puri also performed in several regional-language films and a Hollywood film, ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)’, in which he played the role of Mola Ram, a thug priest and sacrificer.

7. Anupam Kher

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Years in Cinema: 1984 and present.

Roleplay: Lead Role, Negative Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Saaransh (1984). This was an award-winning film.

Notable Films: Saaransh (1984), Vijay (1988), Ram Lakhan (1989), Daddy (1989), Lamhe (1991), Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005), A Wednesday (2008), and more.

Anupam Kher is another notable legend of Bollywood films. The actor was awarded with two National Film Awards, eight Filmfare Awards, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, respectively.

The audiences and his fans acknowledge his lead villainous and comedy roles, which the actor performed in many of films and throughout his career in Bollywood. He has performed in various regional-language films as well, including Punjabi, Malayalam, Marathi etc.

In addition to acting in Bollywood and other regional-language films, actor Anupam Kher also made appearances in several Hollywood films. For instance, he also acted in international films, like ‘Bend It Like Beckham (2002)’, ‘Bride and Prejudice (2004)’, ‘The Mistress of Spies (2006)’, and more. He also lent his voice as Carl Fredricksen for the Disney-Pixar animated film ‘Up (2009)’, which was dubbed in Hindi language.

8. Dev Anand

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Years in Cinema: 1946 – 2011

Roleplay: Lead Role

First Film: Hum Ek Hain (1946)

Notable Films: Vidya (1948), Ziddi (1948), Jeet (1949), Shair (1949), Afsar (1950), C.I.D. (1956), Paying Guest (1957), Kala Pani (1958), Jewel Thief (1967), and more.

Another legendary actor known by his stage name, Dev Anand was one of the most successful actors in the Indian cinema. He is well-remembered for his unique style, i.e., nodding his head while delivering dialogues.

The actor received several awards throughout his sixty years of film career in Indian cinema. These include two National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Bhushan, and numerous awards and recognitions. The actor was also honoured with several international awards. There is also an Indian postal stamp with the actor’s face on it to honour him.

Today, his son, actor Suniel Anand runs the Navketan Films production house co-founded by Dev Anand and Chetan Anand, who was Dev Anand’s elder brother. It is said that Chetan Anand played a key role in helping his brother, Dev Anand to start a successful career in Hindi films.

9. Dilip Kumar

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Years in Cinema: 1944 – 1999

Roleplay: Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Jwar Bhata (1944)

Notable Films: Jugnu (1947), Shaheed (1948), Andaz (1949), Aan (1952), Daag (1952), Devdas (1955), Azaad (1955), Mughal-E-Azam (1960), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Kranti (1981), Saudagar (1991), and more.

Dilip Kumar is counted among the unforgettable legendary actors in Indian cinema. Although he’s known by his stage name in Bollywood industry, his real name is Mohammed Yusuf Khan.

The actor’s performance in Indian films gained him huge audiences and fan base all over the country. And, for that, he was honoured with several awards, including eight Filmfare Awards, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Nishan-E-Imtiaz (by the Government of Pakistan) and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, respectively.

Dilip Kumar was married to actress Saira Banu, but he seem to have been married briefly a second time, as well. It is also unsure if their child/children, if any, would be stepping in the Bollywood industry.

10. Irrfan Khan

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Years in Cinema: 1985 – 2020

Roleplay: Lead Role, Negative Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Salaam Bombay! (1987)

Notable Films: Maqbool (2004), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Paan Singh Tomar (2011), Life of Pi (2012), The Lunchbox (2013), Haider (2014), Piku (2015), Hindi Medium (2017), Angrezi Medium (2020), and more.

Known simply as Irrfan in Indian cinema and television series, the actor made his way in the hearts of several hundreds and thousands of fans worldwide. One such reason is also because of the way he acted, delivered dialogues and his unique expressions. Although he never wanted to be an actor, he instead, had a passion for cricket. However, fate had something else for him. Thus, he took up acting lessons at the National School of Drama in New Delhi.

His portrayal of Paan Singh Tomar in the acclaimed biographical sports drama ‘Paan Singh Tomar (2011)’ won him the National Film Award for Best Actor and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. His performance in the BAFTA Award nominated romance ‘The Lunchbox (2013)’ earned him universal acclaim by the critics and audiences. Irrfan received National Film Award, Asian Film Award, Filmfare Awards, Padma Shri civilian award and a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively.

In addition to working in Indian cinema, renowned actor Irrfan Khan also worked in several international films, which are ‘The Warrior (2001)’, ‘The Namesake (2006)’, ‘The Darjeeling Limited (2007)’, ‘New York, I Love You (2009)’, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)’, ‘Jurassic World (2015)’ and ‘Inferno (2016)’, respectively. Unfortunately, he passed away in April 2020.

11. Kader Khan

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Years in Cinema: 1971 – 2017

Roleplay: Lead Role, Negative Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Fajr Al Islam (1971) as a voice narrator.

Notable Films: Daag (1973), Maha Chor (1976), Khoon Pasina (1977), Mr. Natwarlal (1979), Himmatwala (1983), Sikka (1989), Baap Numbri Beta Das Numbri (1990), Judwaa (1997), and more.

Legendary actor Kader Khan is remembered mainly for his comedy roles and writing dialogues (most of which were for his as well as other films) for hundreds of Bollywood films.

The actor’s entry in Indian cinema actually was possible through the noted actor Dilip Kumar and comedian Agha, who saw his play titled ‘Taash Ke Patey’ in the 1970s, for which he wrote the script. He was also approached by popular actor Rajesh Khanna to write the script for his film ‘Roti (1974)’, for which Khan was paid a handsome amount of INR 1.21 lakhs. Thus, Kader khan began his film career as a successful screen-writer and later, also started acting in films. He debuted as an actor in the film ‘Daag (1973)’. From 1980s and onwards, the actor performed in various comedy films, which were well-received by the audiences and his fans.

For his work in Indian cinema, actor Kader Khan received several awards and recognition, including three Filmfare Awards, Sahitya Shiromani Award, and posthumously awarded with Padma Shri in 2019 by the Government of India.

12. Kamal Haasan

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Years in Cinema: 1960 and present.

Roleplay: Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Kalathur Kannamma (1960), a Tamil film as a child artist. The film had won him the President’s Gold Medal.

Notable Films: Apoorva Raagangal (1975), Moondram Pirai (1982), Sanam Teri Kasam (1982), Swathi Mutyam (1986), Indian (1996), Hey Ram (2000), and more.

Actor Kamal Haasan’s contributions to films have been praised by his contemporaries across the Indian cinema industry, and he has been recognised as an influence for many actors and film-makers in the Tamil film industry (aka Kollywood).

He is more than just an actor – choreographer, playback singer, lyricist, producer, and director-turned-politician in Tamil Nadu. Although he acted in a few Hindi-language films, many of his films are in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada languages, and in Bengali language as well.

The actor received several awards throughout his film career, including four National Film Awards, 20 Filmfare Awards, Kalaimamani Award, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Chevalier), Prix Henri-Langlois French Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively. One of his daughters, Shruti Haasan is an actress in Bollywood and south films.

13. Madhubala

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Years in Cinema: 1942 – 1964

Roleplay: Lead Role

First Film: Basant (1942) as a child actor. The film became a major commercial success.

Notable Films: Neel Kamal (1947), Lal Dupatta (1948), Parai Aag (1948), Paras (1949), Singaar (1949), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), and more.

Madhubala is a name that is remembered to this day by many audiences in India. She is arguably the most beautiful actress to ever grace the Indian films.

Madhubala rose from the humble beginnings to becoming one of the most captivating stars in Indian cinema. She appeared in several Hindi-language classic films. She is also considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses to have worked in the film industry, and is highly regarded as “The Venus of Indian Cinema” and “The Beauty with Tragedy” due to her early death. Madhubala’s performance in the ‘Mughal-e-Azam (1960)’ film established her as an iconic actress of Hindi cinema.

Although Madhubala lived a very short life and her film career was not more than 20 years, she managed to work in about 60 films, most of which were top-grossing and box-office hits at that time.

14. Nana Patekar

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Years in Cinema: 1978 and present.

Roleplay: Lead Role, Negative Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Gaman (1978)

Notable Films: Salaam Bombay (1988), Parinda (1989), Angaar (1992), Krantiveer (1994), Agni Sakshi (1996), Ab Tak Chhappan (2004), Apaharan (2005), Natsamrat (2016), and more.

Known by his stage name, Nana Patekar is among the popular Bollywood legends. His real name is Vishwanath Patekar. He also served as an honorary army officer in the Indian Territorial Army, mainly for his part in the Hindi film ‘Prahar: The Final Attack (1991)’. The actor has performed in several Hindi and Marathi language films. Patekar was given the Padma Shri award for his dedication in the field of Films and Arts in 2013. Patekar, along with Irrfan Khan, is the only actor ever to win Filmfare Awards in the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Villain categories.

Actor Nana Patekar is renowned for his unique way of delivering dialogues and his expressions. Many audiences as well as his fans still remembers one of his intense dialogue, “Ek machar aadmi ko hijda bana deta hai.”.

Nana Patekar received three National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards, two Star Screen Awards, and one each Zee Cine Award, Filmfare Marathi Award, Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award and Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award, respectively. He’s also the recipient of Padma Shri civilian award.

15. Naseeruddin Shah

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Years in Cinema: 1967 and present

Roleplay: Lead Role, Negative Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Aman (1967)

Notable Films: Sparsh (1979), Hum Paanch (1980), Aakrosh (1981), Masoom (1983), Paar (1986), Karma (1986), Hey Ram (2000), Sarfarosh (2000), Iqbal (2006), and more.

Naseeruddin Shah is among the popular and legendary actors in Indian cinema. He has acted in several Hindi-language films, regional-language films and international films, as well.

Throughout his career in the Bollywood film industry, actor Naseeruddin Shah received several awards and recognition, including three National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and international awards, respectively.

Although his first mainstream Hindi film was ‘Aman (1967)’, in which he played a small role, his career began with the film ‘Nishant (1975)’, where he played a negative role along side the noted villainous actor, Amrish Puri.

16. Rajesh Khanna

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Years in Cinema: 1966 – 2012

Roleplay: Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Aakhri Khat (1966)

Notable Films: Baharon Ke Sapne (1967), Aurat (1967), Aradhana (1969), The Train (1970), Haathi Mere Saathi (1971), Andaz (1971), and more.

Rajesh Khanna was one of the legendary actors in Indian cinema. In fact, he was even given the title ‘First Superstar of Indian cinema’ for having 17 consecutive hit films (15 solo and 2 non-solo lead roles) between 1969 and 1971. He was also one of the highest-paid actors of the time. The audiences and fans remember the actor for his iconic dialogue “Pushpa, I hate tears…”.

Performing in stage and theatre plays was a passion for the actor, and before entering into films, Rajesh Khanna had acted in various plays during his school and college days. His first Hindi-language film with a lead role was ‘Raaz (1967)’.

Actor Rajesh Khanna received four BFJA Awards, five Filmfare Awards, Padma Bhushan (awarded posthumously), and Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively. He was also honoured by having issued a postal stamp bearing his face, erecting his statue and naming a road in his name.

The actor was married to actress Dimple Kapadia, and they bore two children, Twinkle Khanna and Rinkie Khanna. Both his daughters worked briefly in Bollywood films. The elder daughter Twinkle Khanna is married to actor Akshay Kumar, who is also very popular among his audience and fans.

17. Rajinikanth

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Years in Cinema: 1975 and present.

Roleplay: Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Apoorva Raagangal (1975), a Tamil-language drama. The film was a success.

Notable Films: Andha Kanoon (1983), Nallavanukku Nallavan (1984), Bewafai (1985), Baashha (1995), Aatank Hi Aatank (1995), Muthu (1995), Shivaji (2007), Enthiran (2010), 2.0 (2018), and more.

Another renowned and legendary film actor of Indian cinema is Rajinikanth, though that is his stage name. His real name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, who is praised by thousands of fans, especially in the southern regions of India.

Although he mainly work in Tamil-language films, the actor has performed in several Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada language and international films as well. For his work, Rajiniknath received several awards and recognition, including National Film Award, Filmfare Award, Tamil Nadu State Film Best Actor Award, Chevalier Shivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards, respectively.

Rajinikanth was so much inspired by actor Amitabh Bachchan, another legendary actor in Indian cinema, that he began playing Amitabh Bachchan’s roles in eleven Tamil remakes of his films. Also, Rajinikanth is the only Indian actor to have been featured in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus, in a lesson titled ‘From Bus Conductor to Superstar’.

18. Rekha

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Years in Cinema: 1958 – 2006

Roleplay: Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Telugu film ‘Inti Guttu (1958)’ as a child artist and Hindi film ‘Sawan Bhadon (1970)’.

Notable Films: Ghar (1978), Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978), Khubsoorat (1980), Umrao Jaan (1981), and more.

Rekha, which actually is her stage name, is another very popular and legendary actress of Indian cinema. Her real name is Bhanurekha Ganesah, who comes from a background of film actors. Her father was a Tamil actor, while her mother was a Telugu actor.

Actress Rekha received one National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards for her work in films. She was also awarded with Padma Shri in 2010 by the Government of India. The actress worked in the last film, ‘Krrish (2006)’ before retiring from the film industry and joining politics.

Since 2012, Rekha has moved to politics, serving as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house in the Parliament of India.

19. Shabana Azmi

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Years in Cinema: 1974 and present.

Roleplay: Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Ankur (1974)

Notable Films: Ankur (1974), Nishant (1975), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Sparsh (1980), Arth (1982), Khandhar (1984), Paar (1984), Fire (1996), Godmother (1999) and more.

Shabana Azmi is a leading actress of art films and mainstream films of the India cinema industry who is known for her distinctive work across several genres. Prior to entering in cinema, she took up acting course at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, Maharashtra. The actress has worked in over one hundred films, many of which brought her success. She has also given her voice to an HIV/AIDS education animated software tutorial created by the non-profit organisation TeachAids.

Shabana Azmi has won five National Film Awards for Best Actress, five Filmfare Awards, four international awards and several accolades and honours throughout her career. The Government of India honoured her with two civilian awards, the Padma Shri in 1988 and the Padma Bhushan in 2012.

Shabana Azmi is married to Javed Akhtar, a well-known poet, lyricist and screenwriter in Bollywood film industry. She still continues to work in films while also being a social and women’s right activist.

20. Sridevi

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Years in Cinema: 1967 – 2018

Roleplay: Lead Role and Supporting Role

First Film: Tamil film ‘Kandhan Karunai (1967)’ at age four and Hindi film ‘Rani Mera Naam (1972)’ at age nine.

Notable Films: Julie (1975), Solva Sawan (1979), Himmatwala (1983), Nagina (1986), Mr. India (1987), Chaal Baaz (1989), English Vinglish (2012), and more.

Sridevi was a popular and legendary actress in Indian cinema. She not only worked in Hindi-language films, but in several south movies as well. She was also one of those actresses who had been honoured with many awards and recognition throughout her career in films. Unfortunately, she met a tragic death during her stay at a hotel in Dubai in 2018.

Sridevi was married to Boney Kapoor, a film producer, and their daughter Jhanvi Kapoor is an actress in Indian cinema.

Legendary Actors of Indian Cinema Worth Mentioning

Though this list may be limited in scope, nonetheless, we would like to make a few additional notable mentions of Indian film actors who have made their place in the hearts of countless audiences and fans in India and worldwide.

These iconic actors include Raj Kapoor, Dharmendra, Raj Kumar, Nargis, Smita Patil, Jaya Bhaduri, Rishi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Parveen Babi, Zeenat Aman, Vinod Khanna, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Sharmila Tagore, Shakti Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Prakash Raj, Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Johnny Lever, Utpal Dutt, Sharat Saxena, Prem Chopra, Mithun Chakraborty, Jackie Shroff, Sanjay Dutt, Gulshan Grover, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal and several others.

Wrap Up

Though most of the iconic actors and actresses mentioned in the above list aren’t among us today, they are, however, still remembered for their work in the Indian cinema industry to this day.

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